Yu IlHan became silent. He was in a state of being greatly surprised.
From the moment Lita mentioned the word ‘status’, he was able to predict that human power would be measured using levels. And so, a game stat window that anyone would recognize had appeared and that wasn’t a problem.
The monstrous status also wasn’t a problem. The results of his training was visualized so he could only be happy.
The distributed status bonuses weren’t a problem either. It wasn’t a game where you could raise the stats you want and he also expected that he wouldn’t be able to raise magic that way.
Yes. Those weren’t the problems.
The problem is the title and the skill. Concealment which he does not remember learning and that title which was full of intentions to make fun of Yu IlHan!
What is this, concealment becomes passive? You mean I’m concealed!? Is my life concealed!? I’m a loner even if I go into space!?
A violent rage he never experienced in his life surged. This was the moment where he got another objective other than becoming a higher existence to meet Lita. An objective to beat that Akashic Records up!
If there was one thing that he had questions about, that was the passive skills. Thinking about the definition of Akashic Records on Earth, it was unbelievable that it couldn’t record one person’s ability perfectly.
It wasn’t some human who could make mistakes and it was a universal record! To make it error, one had to be outside of the realm of recognition and record – like a God.
How could this be unidentifiable? Yu IlHan, who thought about this until he reached his house, successfully thought up of one hypothesis.
‘Currently, my physical ability and concealment techniques are revealed so it can record it. However, it might be that it doesn’t have any records of the abilities I learnt in the past. All my training happened on Earth when time was stopped. Moreover, that was before the Akashic records came into contact with Earth.’
Under the assumption that Yu IlHan’s hypothesis was right, It was very possible that all of Yu IlHan’s doings on Earth, when time was stopped by the power of God, aren’t recorded in the Akashic records. Yu IlHan wasn’t sure but in reality, it was like that.
‘Well, I’ll know if I move.’
Yu IlHan trusted more in the days he had lived and trained than the sudden few lines appearing in his eyes. It wasn’t like he couldn’t swing his spear just because the skills status is unidentifiable so it had none to do with him.
He opened the front door to his house and went inside. He was planning to have a simple shower before moving around to check what passive skills pop up.
But in the next moment, one person came in his field of vision.
Really, only that stupid sound came out of his mouth. The moment to realize how foolish he was came next.
How could he have forgotten the most important thing? How couldn’t he remember his most beloved family?
His mother was in front of his eyes.
Although they were far apart for such a long period of time to the point that he felt unfamiliar even when he looked at the picture, he realized just after seeing her like this. The fact that the middle aged woman crying in front of him was his mother.
That wasn’t remembered by his brain, but his heart.
While saying out loud the word he hadn’t spoken for a long time, Yu IlHam embraced his mother.
He cried like a little child that made the past countless years seem like nothing. His mother cried along with him. They cried just like that until his father arrived.
After crying their hearts out, they became hungry. His mother, Kim YeSeul, also seemed to be the same as she started cooking.
Yu IlHan had received his meals from Lita for as long as 1000 years (Though, he himself didn’t know), but he hadn’t the scene of her cooking, so he was touched when he saw his mother standing in the kitchen.
The savory smell as rice became done, the rhythmical kitchen knife sounds and the sound from the heaten up frying pan were all delightful to him.
“Thank you for the meal!”
The dinner using all the ingredients in the house, was very peaceful. There were some that looked like she had learnt from the another world.
However, Yu IlHan couldn’t enjoy the meal peacefully. It was because his parents started talking about the other wolrds.
“Where were you sent to, my son? Mother went to a world called Ya-umin along with the people in our neighborhood.”
“A nameless one.”
He couldn’t make them worry by saying that he was left on Earth all alone. Fortunately, his muscles decreased in volume while mutating so on the outside, there was not much difference before being left out. There was no worry that he would be found out just based on his outer appearance.
“Heishia was a truly perfect world if you ignore the fact that there’s no rice. And also, that handling mana or whatever was truly hard. Even if I do get used to it, there’s no way your father would be able to confront monsters.”
Yu IlHan’s father, Yu YongHan1 complained while having the first big spoon of rice he had in 10 years. Kim YeSeul also agreed.
“That’s what I mean. They brought the newborn babies, elderly, and even pregnant women and made them suffer. It was too pitiful to see them suffering for those 10 years. It would’ve been better if they just took the young and sturdy ones.”
“They said it’s because it would go against the balance. Meaning that even though they knew the most efficient way, they couldn’t take it.”
Towards Yu IlHan, who blurted the truth he heard from Lita by accident, the gazes of his parents were directed. Yu IlHan realized then.
There weren’t many occasions to lie in his life until now, but to him who had lived a different life from others, there would be a lot he had to hide from now on. The moment he had to fix the habit of saying what he thought in his mind had come.
“N, no. I’m just thinking if that is the case.”
“Balance? Efficiency? To hell with that. When I think about how they brought people away from home for 10 years and put them through suffering, I grind my teeth, my teeth.”
“So you ground your teeth to your heart’s content so you won’t anymore, right? Every time I hear you grinding your teeth, I grind my teeth because I’m annoyed.”
While wishing that the day he had to present them with implants in their gums won’t come, Yu IlHan finished eating his meal. But when he realized, his parents’ gazes focused on him.
“How about you, son? You can kill monsters if you handle mana well, right? When I talked with the ladies around, they said that the people who can kill monsters well will earn money!”
“They sure will. There weren’t many that had talent in that, were there? Monsters or whatever bullshit they are, they are dangerous, so if one says they want to kill it, won’t the country take care of them?”
“What are you saying, what money would the country give us!? It’s not that. Their corpses are worth so much money!”
Looking at his parents talk about fantasy stuff that only happened in novels so naturally, it was quite strange for Yu IlHan. His feeling of being left out was really serious and he thought about the dropout life.
Even though humanity returned, I’m still a loner…… He was angry at the fact that it was no different from his life until now and he didn’t feel that sad.
But I should be more aware of deep-sea fish than my parents! – when he thought that, he became even more empty so he stopped there.
“I can’t use mana.”
And he confessed the truth.
“Yes. Let’s study well, son.”
“I knew it. You can’t win against genes, eh?”
His parents accepted it too easily so he instead became dejected. However, that was not unreasonable. To his parents, he was a son who was stuck at home playing games or reading or studying all day, and hated exercise.
To them, it would be hard to imagine that their son would suddenly wield mana around his body and rush out while saying that he would hunt monsters. They probably asked with ‘what if’ only to get their answer of ‘as expected’.
“Just listen to the government’s announcement. Apparently, it will come out on the 9 o’clock news.”
“They are so untrustable. What if a monster appears in our neighborhood? Should we move to a place where a strong ability user is?”
“It’ll be alright. But you shouldn’t go to work for a while.”
“How could I? The company already called me more than ten times. I have to go even if I have to die on the way.”
“Hey! Don’t say unlucky things like that!”
His parents were happily chatting together. As it had been a long time, their longing for each other seemed to have piled up and they seemed closer. Honestly, he was prepared for a reverse effect, so Yu IlHan could only be thankful.
He gave up watching TV in the living room, and he returned to his own room while thinking that he might have a little sibling this time next year. He planned to search materials on the internet about the current situation.
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